Anton Joseph

We should learn the lessons from Clinical Excellence Awards not scrap them

The fate of the Clinical excellence Award (CEA) scheme may have been decided. A brief history of the award scheme (which I was privileged to contribute to)...

Weekend death rates: there’s an association, but cause and effect is far from settled

It is not immediately clear why the Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ delayed her public response to Mr Hunt's perceived misrepresentation of an academic article ...

Why is our media a propoganda tool for terrorism?

Infuriated by the cheap propaganda for the ISIS terrorists on the BBC News, I switched the television off wondering where they get the idea for this pointl...

‘Tuning fork’ model needed for excellence awards

The dominance of academic consultants over NHS consultants holding Clinical Excellence Awards is universally recognised. Yet, despite this, there has been ...

Are Scottish voters giving informed consent?

If anyone is asked whether they would like a salary rise, free higher education, a better NHS, what would be the expected reply? So, it is hardly surpris...

An opportunity to make CEAs more equitable

Repeated assurances on distinction awards and clinical excellence awards given to consultants is institutionalised historical deception. I apologise for th...

Imagine revalidation based on fitness to practice…

A recent survey revealed that revalidation is failing to identify poor-performing doctors. Pardon my audacity if I ask why has it taken so long for the tru...

Can we salvage the concept of fair reward?

Following the announcement of the review of the clinical excellence awards scheme, I have attempted to analyse several aspects of the scheme in a series of...

Mandela’s legacy for the world’s oppressed

I think the life of Nelson Mandela justifies not just a response to Tom Goodfellow's negative blog but also an appreciation of his achievements. I start...

CEAs are changing and they need clear principles

It now seems a certainty that there will be major changes to the Clinical Excellence Awards. Despite the objections raised, the award scheme should survive...

Why do academics dominate the higher CEAs?

Since Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) were introduced, in 2003, many of discrepancies within the doctors' awards scheme have been addressed and rectified...